|Birth: ||Jan. 4, 1949|
|Death: ||Jan. 19, 2009|
PANHANDLE - Lanny Sparks Garner, 60, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, in Amarillo.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Panhandle Cemetery. Celebration of life services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in First Baptist Church in Panhandle. Arrangements are by Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.
Lanny was born Jan. 4, 1949, in Fort Worth to Maurice and Nancy Garner. He was a 1967 graduate of Panhandle High School, where he was senior class favorite, band member of recipient of the football "Fighting Heart" award.
He earned a degree in banking and finance from the University of North Texas in 1971. He worked for Amarillo National Bank before beginning a career in athletic construction for Vibra-Whirl in 1973. He earned recognition as a certified track builder in 1994, and became president of the company in 1991. He retired in 2004.
He became active in mission work, assisting in construction projects in Amarillo at Hope Welcome Center and Hollywood Road Community Church and First Baptist Church in Cuba, N.M. He enjoyed working with Love-in-Action, a once a month meal and food assistance program at FBC in Panhandle, where he was a deacon and choir member.
Lanny was a Gideon, and past president of the Panhandle Rotary. He was a recipient of a 2001 Golden Nail award, and served on the board of directors for the Carson County Square House Museum. He retired from the board of directors of the State National Bank in Groom in 2007.
Despite Lanny's many accomplishments, he will be most remembered as an honorable businessman, a loving husband an father, a caring son, a cherished brother, a fun uncle, a kind papa, and a gentleman who loved the Lord.
Lanny married Ronda Roberts on July 14, 1973, in Waco.
He was preceded in death by his father. Survivors include his wife, Ronda; a son, Grant and wife Michelle; a granddaughter, Alexis; his mother, Nancy Garner; two sisters, Carolyn Graham of Amarillo and Nancy Ruth Williams and husband Windy of Seminole; six nephews; and three nieces.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 189, Panhandle, TX 79068; First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 391, Cuba, NM 87013; Carson County Square House Museum, P.O. Box 276, Panhandle, TX 79068; or Gideon's International.Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Amarillo Globe-News, Jan. 22, 2009
Maurice Pierce Garner (1909 - 1990)
Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: Jan 22, 2009
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